Showing a Film or TV Show?
In compliance with the Federal Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code) regarding film and video piracy, anyone requesting to show a film or view other copyrighted materials (i.e. movies or TV shows via DVD, Netflix, personal property, checked out from a library, etc.) on the University of Iowa campus must obtain the appropriate Public Performance License providing permission to show copyrighted materials in public settings. Neither the rental nor the purchase of a DVD or online streaming service carries the right to show the material outside the home.
Obtaining permission can be done one of two ways:
- Contact the company directly who owns the movie rights. This is a popular option for independent films and documentary films.
- Contact SWANK Motion Pictures. You can call Dana Hilyer at 1-800-876-5577 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dana will ask you a few preliminary questions such as projected audience size and ticket cost if charging. Movie and TV shows can range from $50-$1,000. You can pay by credit card over the phone for the movie rights. She will send you a copy of your receipt and tell you how to obtain the movie/show (sent in mail, rented, or downloaded online).
In both cases, the company will send you a copy of the rights to display the materials.
**Failure to obtain the copy rights is breaking Federal Law, and may result in disciplinary action against your student organization.**
If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership by email (email@example.com) or phone (319-335-3059).